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Poster: ganges Date: Jul 18, 2009 4:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: JGB 78

I would guess that most of you (at least those who do torrents) know about the Jerry 78 project by The Bus over at etree, but I thought I just mention it anyway, in case someone didn't see it. And it has been said in the GD74 project thread yesterday, it is possible, at least with Utorrent, to get only parts of the big project, shows or even single tunes. I had the good fortune to be taught about torrents by Arb some years ago, still grateful that he helped me at that time with some issues I had being no computer expert.

Also I would suggest one special show from this project ( but there's so much more) - especially for people who, like me, really have a special love for Keith, it's less than 4 months before he left the band (GD)and not everyone would expect him to play like this at that time. But it's a great show for everyone of course, Jerry is amazing as (almost) always and awesome. I looked at several threads we had here about "best of JGB" and similar topics and didn't see 10-28-78 mentioned a lot, actually only once. I'll add a review from the Jerry site which again I'd think almost everybody knows about, but I didn't know it until Arb or Ashes pointed me in that direction some years ago, so since I have the impression that there have been quite a few new people coming here in the last couple of months - this is the link, it's great site:
http://www.thejerrysite.com

Here is Dan McDonald's account of this night: How Sweet It Was! What a show! It was one of, it not the greatest moment in Jerry’s playing career, and was the greatest moment in Keith’s career. Yes, I’m serious. No I’m not waxing on about my first show. I’m referring to a tape we’ve listened to for over 20 years. Twenty years as one of the best tapes we’ve ever heard. An audience tape with some hiss, and not enough sound. Even so the music comes though. It was my first Dead experience. It’s not always good to have the best first… I was much too much of a neophyte to completely comprehend what was going on. That’s taken twentytwo years to understand and confirm. The Harder They Come. Whew, what a blow out! Not so much the blow out fanning of Cornell and Mac Court, but sweet butterfly high notes.Jerry and Keith interplaying together on the jams, one leaves off and the other takes over. Flawless music, nothing’s ever been as good. Next came Mission In The Rain. This was religious! I swear the hand of God touched them that night. If you ever get a chance to hear this sell your soul! Then a powerful version of They Love Eachother. Then one of the crowning musical expressions, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door. Keiths lovely, subtle, angelic piano playing begins to build into the song. Later the jamming interplay of Keith’s piano and Jerry’s guitar are one and the same. Sometime through the song one notices that it’s Keith hitting the climaxing high note. How many times does this happen? That’s the thing about this show. Jerry and Keith are joined at the brain. One thinks it and the other’s already done it. All of the shows feature jams where they each play, but I’ve never heard anything like this. The other thing about a JGB show that some people fell compels them to Grateful Dead heights, is the obvious, it’s all Jerry. On this night Keith is playing piano like Jerry plays guitar, and Jerry is playing like nobody else can. There were many other songs, all filled with the same unusually symbiotic playing between the two of them. The first set ended with It’s No Use and The Night They Drove Old Dixey Down. That was enough to raise old Robert E Lee from the grave! After a hasty ovation Jerry returned to do the quintessential Jerry Garcia Band tune; Rueben and Cherise. It was awesome. If the first set was an 11 on a scale of one to ten the second was at least a ten. Not that it was any less of a stellar performance; it was just second. I imagine the second set had as many, or more, of those classic, intertwined jams between Keith and Jerry than the first. The classic opener summed it up; How Sweet It Is. From then on to the end it was one of the great shows ever seen. There was Mystery Train, Catfish John, Second that Emotion, Love In The Afternoon, Lonesome and a Long Way From Home. What a great show!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 18, 2009 9:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB 78

Hmmm, I am struck by two things. First, that this show was so close on the heels of the Winterland Run of the week prior when they played a number of nights (that I attended). Second, that you have been gone a while, recently posting for the first time in months!

Good to see ya. Oh yeah--how many lives has Arb enriched?

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Poster: ganges Date: Jul 18, 2009 11:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB 78


Hey William, thanks for your reply. I've been "around" most of the time enjoying many good discussions here, but for some reason never felt like saying anything. Often it happens (because of the time difference) that everything has been said until I wake up and see it over here! And the language....

It didn't occur to me that this show was so close to the Winterland run, but of course you're right. So you were there - maybe we've seen each other in January, February or March of 78?? I think I remember you lived in S.F. or somewhere in the Bay Area at that time? I came to CA first in these months and saw my ONLY show in the US on 1-18 in Stockton (Jerry's voice wasn't in good shape at all unfortunately). I just listened to JGB 2-18-78 in San Rafael realizing I was so close, but I think I didn't even know JGB exixted at that time, over here I hadn't heard of it and being over there I don't really remember. I do remember seeing NRPS in S.F. and John Cippolina in a small club on Haight. Well - those were the days. Hope you're doing well, bye for now and have a good weekend.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jul 18, 2009 1:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB 78

Thanks G., for posting this, since i really feel '78 was a great year for Jerry shows, in particular the 10/28 show; in fact, after seeeing your post early this morning, i listened to that show yet again, it really is pretty fantastic all-around

As for the The_Bus torrent over at etree, i noticed that there is a Mccue recording for that 10/28 show, and i am wondering how it compares to the Severson recording ... i guess i'll soon find out :)

And let me echo William Tell and say it's great to see you posting again!

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jul 19, 2009 6:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB 78

Arb,
Any other recommendations for 1978 JGB???

I D/L'd 10/28 based on your reccomendation....
Any other standouts???
I don't feel a need to have the entire project, so I was hoping to get a reccomend on a few of the meatier shows from that year to add to my collection..

thanks

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jul 19, 2009 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB 78

Finster ... i'm not someone who keeps very detailed notes, which i probably should but i'm pretty lazy when it comes to that stuff, relying instead on my diminishing memory; that being said, for '78 Jerry shows, you can hardly go wrong performance-wise, but several sources do have sound issues

here's a short list of some of the shows i play more than most, i'm pretty certain you will not be disappointed, and in fact, be fairly impressed:

2/18/78 (#17750)
3/11/78 (#97862)
3/17/78 (#98255) 24bit
3/18/78 (#30119)
3/19/78 (#4440)
10/3/78 (#97200) - Merl Saunders Band w/Garcia
10/26/78 (#89962)
10/28/78

note #1: that for 3/17, there is a 16bit source as well, which you will want if you plan on burning to CD

note #2: 10/3 is actually Merl Saunders Band w/Jerry sitting in on guitar, it's definitely worth it, at least i think so

note #3: 6/18 (#12559) is also a really nice show, but i've only listened to about half the show so far, as i didn't have it until very recently!

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jul 19, 2009 5:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB 78

Thank You Sir!!!!
I will definitely check these out!!

I like to try to cover all eras, so I try to limit my collection to a few shows from each year. Unless something really stands out to me, I try to get one from early in the year, one from summer, and one from later in the year. That way I can get somewhat of a sense of changes and progressions that they make thruout a given year...

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Poster: ganges Date: Jul 18, 2009 1:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: JGB 78

Hi T., thanks for replying. I'm glad you like the show as much as I do! But I kind of knew you would!

For me it's time to go to sleep - have a good weekend and I hope you're doing well.